Just the Facts
Why it Matters
In the face of rapidly suburbanizing Manatee County, this farmland was donated by Otis & Anita Felts to the Manatee County Audubon Society when Otis passed away in 2002. His dream was that it would never be developed. Manatee Audubon volunteers have worked tirelessly to return the land to a more natural condition.
Now, to safeguard this land and the donor’s wish, Manatee Audubon has agreed to permanently protect Felts Audubon Preserve by committing to place a conservation easement on the property, which will be held by Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. This will enable Felts Audubon Preserve to remain an environmental educational center for people of all ages. The property is a public-access preserve serving the greater Manatee County community with walking trails and bird-watching opportunities throughout a mixture of habitats including basin marsh, pine flatwoods, and mesic hammock. The spectacular Painted Bunting is the signature bird at Felts Audubon Preserve.
In order to complete the conservation easement transfer and ensure the appropriate stewardship of this wildlife haven, Conservation Foundation is raising $50,000. Manatee Fish & Game has pledged a $25,000 matching grant. With your contribution toward the remaining $25,000, Felts Audubon Preserve will remain a nature treasure for the community and the region forever.
Together, Manatee County Audubon Society and Conservation Foundation will work to ensure that the property is maintained as vital habitat for birds and other wildlife, and a place for environmental education and enjoyment of the out-of-doors.